About Our Team

Innovation meets integrity

Together our team is building a new kind of technology, one that promises to drastically change how businesses comply, forever. It’s a groundbreaking new way to navigate the world of regulatory compliance more quickly, efficiently, and most important of all, reliably.

We’re a team of compliance officers, lawyers, data scientists, and technologists committed to helping businesses thrive by reducing the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance.

Leadership

Founder & CEO

Brian Clark

Brian has a wide breadth of regulatory compliance experience including derivatives exchanges, market investigations, clearinghouse compliance, and registered brokerage businesses. He earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a former Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, and is passionate about entrepreneurship. He is an Eagle Scout. In 2015 he co-founded Ascent RegTech. Ascent’s uses artificial intelligence to help customers digitalize and automate their regulatory risk and compliance programs.

Chief Operating Officer

Arbela Takhsh

Arbela has deep background in the technology industry having held various engineering and operational leadership roles at Motorola, Google, Comcast, and Gogo developing and supporting global products and technologies. Arbela brings a wealth of experience in scaling operations, launching new products and lines of business in highly regulated industries, operational excellence and quality, customer success, and advanced data science solutions for breakthrough insights and capabilities. Throughout her career, Arbela has guided organizations to maximize their impact through inclusive thoughtful leadership, customer obsession, and a sharp focus on execution and business results. She earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Temple University, and her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Chief Revenue Officer

Jon Leitner

Jon has worked for large companies as well as several startups where he helped grow and successfully sell some of those businesses. For most of his 28-year career he has managed and built sales and marketing organizations for companies including Interwoven, Fios and SpringCM. He has worked with boards of directors and early stage company CEOs to help them hone their go to market strategies. During his career, he has focused on accelerating revenue growth through efforts which included pioneering inside sales teams, partner relationships and thought leadership. He has led both direct and indirect sales channels. With a focus on creating customer intimacy while driving user adoption of those companies’ offerings. Jon holds a BS in Economics from the University of Rochester and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and four children.

Chief Technology Officer

Chris Doyle

Chris has spent more than a decade in software development and management in both startups and large companies. His work at Ascent is a natural extension of his experience creating workflow tools, gracefully combining human and machine operations, and building beautiful, intuitive, user-oriented experiences. He earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College.

VP Data Science

Spencer Allee

Spencer specializes in building and leading data science and data engineering teams with a focus on enabling people to feel excited about their work, make an impact, and grow their careers. At PwC’s Analytics Advisory practice he started and led the AI Accelerator, a machine learning-focused innovation team. At Tribune Publishing he served as the VP of AI and Data Solutions, focused on developing new products using the Tribune’s unique data assets. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.

VP Customer Product Delivery & Support

Subha Sriram

Subha is a passionate product leader with 20 years of experience working in the software consulting services space and product management at large, medium and small size organizations. In true agile fashion, she has worn multiple hats in her career development, project management, coach, program management, professional services staffing and product management. When not at work, she loves to travel, cook and watch movies.

VP Product Management - Customer App

Asha Sarode

Asha has a wide breadth of legal and management experience, working as an attorney for over 11 years – including litigation, data-driven contract processes, and complex legal transactions – and managing teams of legal services professionals. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Political Science and Philosophy, her Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law, and her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

VP Finance

Dan McKelvey

Dan is a seasoned finance leader with over a decade of international work experience focused on building strong finance teams and partnering with the business to create robust, analytically rigorous organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Asian Studies from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

VP Marketing

Vanessa Yeh

At Ascent, Vanessa is focused on building a high-outcome marketing team that brings the brand to life while creating fanatical customer loyalty. Vanessa previously served as the VP of Brand, Marketing, and Communications at 1871, Chicago’s center for entrepreneurship, building and leading a team that helped the startup incubator achieve international recognition. Vanessa holds a B.S. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

VP People

Carrie Pinkham

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VP Product

Adrian Johnson

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